Rising Stars 2020 Workshop

The IEEE SSCS Women in Circuits together with ISSCC will be sponsoring the first “Rising Stars 2020” for young professionals and students.  The Rising Stars 2020 is an educational workshop for graduate and undergraduate students, and young professionals who have graduated within the last two years, and are interested in learning how to excel at academic and industry careers in computer science, computer and electrical engineering.  The concept is based on previous academic rising stars workshops launched at MIT in 2012, however, at ISSCC 2020 we will be inviting all attendees and the public to the educational panels on academic and industry careers. 


"The rising stars program is a fantastic opportunity for women to hear from rising stars and leaders in the circuit design field. I highly recommend female graduate students to apply for the workshop. It will allow them to network with their peers and to rise to the top in the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society." - Dina Reda El-Damak 


The ISSCC 2020 event includes two parallel academia and industry career panels titled “Navigating the Assistant Professorship” and “Rising to the Top in Industry” that will be open to all ISSCC 2020 attendees and to the general public at no additional cost.  Well-recognized senior, mid-level, and young professionals will be available to answer your questions on navigating careers in either industry or academia.  We encourage you to register for the event on the ISSCC 2020 website.



In addition to the panels, we will be selecting 20 rising stars in academia and industry to attend a special dinner, keynote from a high-profile already “Risen Star”, and mentoring session.  There will be a pre-dinner event introduction and welcome, networking, and poster event for the selected 20 rising stars where leading figures in the solid-state circuits community will be available for an intimate question and answer session.

The agenda is below.  Speakers and panelists are also listed below.

Time SSCS Women in Circuits Rising Stars 2020
4:00 - 5:00 PM Introduction, Welcome, Posters, Networking, and Photos (Invited Attendees Only)
5:00 - 6:30 PM Networking Dinner, Dinner Keynote, and Mentoring (Invited Attendees Only)
6:30 - 7:30 PM Industry Panel (Open to Public) / Academia Panel (Open to Public)
7:30 - 8:30 PM Join ISSCC 2020 SRP Program 



Eligibility for Rising Stars 2020 Dinner and Mentoring Event

Applicants must be undergraduate, graduate, and young professionals who have graduated within the last two years at the time of the workshop or they must have obtained their last degree no earlier than 2018 and currently do not hold a faculty position.  All applications must be submitted by October 24, 2019.  Notification of acceptance will be sent out by November 12, 2019.

To apply. you will be using an IEEE System called Open Water. In order to access the application, you must have an IEEE account. If you do not have an IEEE account, you can create one for free. You do not need to be an IEEE or SSCS member to apply. 

Application Materials

Required materials:

1.   1. Cover letter

2. Personal statement that includes photograph, research, teaching, and technical topic interests (maximum 2-pages, excluding references, PDF)

3. CV (no page limit, PDF)

4. Contact, personal information, education history, and professional interests (please complete online form)

5.   5. At least one reference who can provide a letter of recommendation.  (A recommendation request will be sent when you add your reference to the application system.)

1.Optional Materials:

1.   1.  Poster for pre-dinner networking event (PDF)

2.  Teaching / industry experience statement (maximum 1 page, PDF)

3.   3.  Diversity statement (maximum 1 page, PDF)


Important Dates

Call for Applications: August 24, 2019

Application Deadline: October 24, 2019 (11:59 PM PDT)

Notification: November 12, 2019

Rising Stars 2020 Workshop: Sunday February 16, 2020, 4pm – 10pm


Accommodations and Travel

The SSCS Women in Circuits will not be able to cover travel and accommodations, however, students may apply for IEEE SSCS Travel Grants below.



Contact Us

Email inquiries can be directed to sscs-risingstars@ieee.org


 IEEE SSCS Women in Circuits Rising Stars 2020 Workshop Panelists and Speakers


Pre-Dinner Networking and Poster Event (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

Introduction and Welcome

1. Welcome, Introductions to Rising Stars, Speakers and Panelists, Committee Members, and Program Overview (15-min)

Dr. Farhana Sheikh, Senior Staff Scientist, Intel Corporation

Prof. Rabia Yazicigil, Assistant Professor, Boston University

2.  Networking and Posters (45-min)

Rising Stars present their posters and network with panelists, speakers, and Women in Circuits Committee.


Academia Career Panel: "Navigating the Assistant Professorship" 

Introduction by Moderators: (6:30 PM - 6:35 PM)

Distinguished Talk (6:35 - 6:50 PM)

Picture  Prof. Anantha Chandrakasan, "Words of Wisdom"


Panel Discussion: (6:50 PM - 7:30 PM)

Moderator: Jane Gu, Associate Professor, ECE, UC Davis 

Moderator: Dina Reda El-Damak, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

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Azita Emami


California Institute of Technology


 Esther R. Villegas


Imperial College of London

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Jerald Yoo

Associate Professor

N.1 Institute for Health, National University of Singapore

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Zhengya Zhang

Associate Professor

University of Michigan

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Milin Zhang

Assistant Profesor

Tsinghua University 

Industry Career Panel: "Rising to the Top in Industry"

Introduction by Moderators (6:30 - 6:35 PM)

Distinguished Talk (6:35 PM - 6:50 PM) 


"Words of Wisdom"

Dr. Alice Wang, Vice President, Hardware


Panel Discussion (6:50 PM - 7:30 PM)

Moderator: Alicia Klinefelter, Title, NVIDIA

Moderator: Zeynep Toprak Deniz, Research Staff Member, IBM Watson

Kazuko Nishimura


Walker Turner


Laura Fick

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Mike Mulligan

Silicon Labs

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Women in Circuits Rising Stars 2020 Workshop Chair and Vice-Chair 

Farhana Sheikh

Rising Stars 2020 Workshop Chair

Farhana Sheikh

Senior Staff Scientist

Intel Corporation


Rising Stars 2020 Workshop Vice Chair

Rabia Yazicigil

Assistant Professor

Boston University 



 Women in Circuits Rising Stars 2020 Workshop Organizing Committee

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Dr. Edith Beigne




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Prof. Dina R. El-Damak

Assistant Professor

ECE, University of Southern California

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Prof. Q. Jane Gu

Associate Professor

ECE, U.C. Davis 

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Prof. Ulkuhan Guler

Assistant Professor

ECE, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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Prof. Tinoosh Mohsenin

Associate Professor

ITE, University of Maryland







Prof. Rikky Muller

Assistant Professor

EECS, U.C. Berkeley


Prof. Negar Reiskarimian

Assistant Professor 


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Trudy Stetzler

Sr. Program Manager


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Prof. Vivienne Sze

Assistant Professor



Dr. Alice Wang

Senior Director, Silicon



 Kathy Wilcox

AMD Fellow


 Women in Circuits Rising Stars 2020 Workshop Advisory Board 

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Prof. Tsu-Jae K. Liu

Dean, College of Engineering

University of California, Berkeley









Prof. Andrea Goldsmith

Stephen Harris Professor in School of Engineering

Stanford University 









Prof. Anantha Chandrakasan

Dean, College of Engineering